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Daria Wilke was born in Moscow in 1976, and drew on her childhood while writing PLAYING A PART, as she grew up in a family of puppeteers. She now works at the University of Vienna in Austria. Marian Schwartz is an award-winning translator of classic and contemporary Russian literature. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships and is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association. She studied Russian at Harvard University, Middlebury Russian School, and Leningrad State University, and received a master's from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Advance praise for Playing A Part "A devastatingly affecting portrait of a boy on a quest to find pride in his queerness, in a society where there is no bigger danger than not measuring up as a man." -- Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of Openly Straight and Out of the Pocket "Russia may seem a world away, but Daria Wilke's beautiful novel brings home the fact that in matters of the heart, we are very close indeed." -- James Lecesne, co-founder of The Trevor Project and editor of THE LETTER Q